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(KTVI) - The streets of Soulard will be packed this weekend. Thousands of people will party in the streets for this last weekend of Mardi Gras.  FOX 2 was live in the Soulard neighborhood Friday with everything you need to know about Mardi Gras.

Mack Bradley is with the organization behind the huge celebration, Mardi Gras, Inc.   The Regional Chamber and Growth Association estimated the festival's economic boom to the area at over $23 million.

For those of you counting at home, that's more than bucks than beads: A measly 17 million beads are thrown on Grand Parade Day.

The party kicks off Friday night with the Mayor's Ball.  That's a black-tie affair at City Hall which benefits the Mardi Gras Foundation.

Then Saturday at 11 a.m., the Grand Parade steps off just south of Busch Stadium.  You can also enjoy two free concerts after the parade.

"Eve Six" performs at 2 p.m. and  "Everclear" performs at 3:30 p.m.

Organizers remind: cans, coolers, bottles and backpacks won't be allowed.  You can bring your own drinks, as along as they are in an open plastic cup.

You can also get information by using the Mardi Gras App

Metro is offering a special MetroBus shuttle service for Mardi Gras revelers to safely and conveniently get in and out of Soulard for Saturday's Grand Parade.

The special buses will operate from 9am - 11pm between Soulard & the Civic Center MetroLink Station, located at the corner of 14th Street and Spruce Street Downtown.

The shuttles will run every 15 minutes and will drop off and pick up in Soulard on Carroll Street between Menard & 10th Streets. Roundt rip passes can be purchased on Saturday, starting at 9am at the Civic Center MetroLink Station.
For more information on the MetroBus Shuttle Pass or the Mardi Gras shuttle schedule, you can call 314-231-2345 in Mo or 618-271-2345 in IL.

For Mardi Gras parade information & other event times, visit www.mardigrasinc.com

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